As I knock on the door, I notice the lovely, well-tended and mature gardening around the front door. I meet my potential client and I can tell they are more nervous about the listing appointment than usual. It turns out they have been in their house for 30+ years. This is not an unusual situation. The question is always, 'where and how do I begin?'
There is an organization that formed in 2002 called National Association of Senior Move Managers. This organization provides resources to help seniors make housing transitions. Sometimes the preparation can be overwhelming, and having a 'manager' can take some of the burden off of both the senior and the family.
This does not eliminate the need for family help--it just enhances it.
If you think this might be helpful to you, or to a member of your family, there is a website you should go to. It is called www.nasmm.org. At this site you can find out more information about the services they provide and find a service provider in your area.
It sounds like a great way to empower seniors who might not be as enthusiastic about the move as other members of the family. By providing a senior with this resource, they can focus on the things that they find important in a smooth housing transition.
If anyone has any experience with using this service, I would LOVE to hear about it.
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